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UK cyberdefence strategy fixated on top-down security, say MPs

John E Dunn | Aug. 1, 2013
The UK Government's much-vaunted Cyber Security Strategy is overly-fixated on high-level defence at the expense of investing in basic policing and consumer protection, the Home Affairs Select Committee has warned.

If the Government thought it had fixed cybercrime policy with a series of announcements it was probably wrong. Parliamentary select Committees are famous for not pulling any punches but it is starting to look as it it's slow chipping away at the Government might eventually have some effect.

"Ultimately, there is no e-crime, there is just crime. There is no cyber Terrorism, there is just Terrorism. There is no Cyber Warfare, there is just warfare," commented Damballa global technical consultant, Adrian Culley."

"We all need to know how to be safe in our digital lives and a 'cyber proficiency' programme is now required to help empower people of all ages. The skill level must be raised across society, including for those officials tasked with responsibilities in these areas."

 

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